In Part 1, we looked at the thoughts and the intents of the mind. This is manifested in our attitudes and motives. In Part 2, we are going to look at Bone Surgery. The next portion of Hebrews 4:12 says that the word of God “pierces to the division . . . of both joints and marrow.” This speaks to us about our structure and DNA. Joints are our flex or bending point. Using Peter again as our example, look at this verse:
“When those who were around Him saw what was going to happen,
they said, “Lord, shall we strike with the sword ?” And one of them
[Peter] struck the slave of the high priest and cut off his right ear.
But Jesus answered and said, “Stop ! No more of this.”
And He touched his ear and healed him.”
Peter, in an extreme situation or bending point, shows his true DNA. He whips out a sword and (randomly) cuts off Malchus’ ear. This is totally against what Jesus wanted to happen, but Peter was reacting to what was going on around him rather than living in the Spirit. Zealous people wield the Word of God with reckless abandon! Instead of people being cut to the heart, the zealous cut off ears. This impairs the hearing of the gospel to those who are unsaved or immature. Jesus’ response is that He picks up the ear and heals the man. He repairs the man’s hearing! We need to be repairing the hearing of people so that they can hear what the Spirit is trying to say to them.
That was the joints. Now, what does the marrow represent? DNA. If the joints represent structure, DNA is what you’re made of. Let’s look at an example of Peter’s DNA: “then the Lord turned and looked at Peter. And Peter remembered the word of the Lord, how He had told him, ‘Before a rooster crows today, you will deny Me three times.’ And he went out and wept bitterly.”Luke 22:61-62
Marrow is your entire make-up. It is the deepest parts of your being; your DNA is found in the marrow. When things are going bad, that’s when we see the strength of your marrow–-your DNA. Will you deny Jesus or will you stand? When it comes down to it, are you serving Jesus out of religious duty or a ravishing, insatiable love? Your DNA determines your conviction and your witness!
The word of God, like a surgeon in this instance, is actually passing through the joints and the marrow. It’s not cutting or dividing them; it’s passing through on its way to the damaged area to repair it. God wants to give you bone surgery. He wants to repair your joints and DNA so that you can stand firm in your faith and be willing to yield to His Spirit!
Stay tuned for Part 3 – Heart Surgery!